Counting for H’lands Provinces nearing

Counting for the Eastern Highlands Province is expected to begin on Thursday July 06th.

Following the extraction of teams into remote Marawaka on Saturday preparations for counting are underway after polling in parts of Goroka.

Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato says some people have asked to extend polling however they cannot as he is satisfied polling has taken place.

In Southern Highlands, poling began on Saturday.

Some areas reported shortage of ballot papers and they include Kagua Rural (Part B), Ialib Urban (Part B) and Mendi Urban (Part B).

Gamato says the short supply was not intentional but an oversight on electoral officials packing and releasing  inly Part A for the same polling station.

The shortfalls were identified by the Election Manager when they arrived in Mendi and they were unpacked for distribution.

Additional papers were sent for distribution in July 02nd by air.

Meanwhile, Hela Province has also completed polling and counting is expected to begin on Wednesday 05th July.


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